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Texas measles outbreak causes concern in Oklahoma

Published: August 22, 2013
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Measles

worry grows

An outbreak of measles in Texas has prompted concern from Oklahoma’s public health officials. “We are worried about the current outbreak of measles in Texas, because measles is very contagious, spreads like wildfire and can be very serious,” Lori Linstead, director of immunization service at the Oklahoma Health Department, stated in a news release. Currently, there are no reported cases of measles in Oklahoma, Linstead said. The last reported case in the state was in 1997. Symptoms include a high fever and a red blotchy rash starting on the face then spreading to the rest of the body. People of any age who have not been appropriately vaccinated against measles are susceptible to the disease, Linstead said. Texas residents who have been diagnosed with the disease range in age from 4 months to 44 years old.

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